Now can play everything through one time and record for MP3. It is amazing how this very old technology still works, but after going through 20 tapes I was reminded why this medium isn't used anymore.
When you are only going to get a single good play through on a brand new tape from 20 years ago, its best to have this type of device to record it perfectly the first time.
Read the instructions over and over, then read them again. Its not super complicated, unless you need the complicated features.
Straight playback and record is easy and works very well.
I had several ( a lot actually) of old cassette tapes that I wanted to convert to digital files. This little device did the job. And you can use it as a cassette player. As to how long it will work/last, only time will tell.
I had some old cassette tapes of my Dad playing the organ that were 40 years old. I had gotten rid of all my cassette players, because we no longer used them. I wasn't expecting great results because of the age of the tapes, but I was pleasantly surprised, not only was the process very easy use, but the quaslity was amazing!
Used the machine in auto mode to copy 247 songs from cassette tapes onto a flash drive. The machine successfully recognized the pause between songs to make separate files for the individual songs. It also copied the songs from both sides of the tape without me having to remove and flip the cassette over to the other side. Am very happy to have the songs available to listen to in our vehicle. Just have to figure out which file number (of 247) goes with which song. A great little machine that now will allow me get rid of a large, old boom box and speakers that I kept just to be able to play my tapes.